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Leadership Talk - Dr Sam Wasser

     Early Career Researcher Programme 2017-2018

 Professor Samuel Wasser

University of Washington and Center for Conservation Biology

5pm, Thursday 30th November 2017

Large Seminar Room, David Attenborough Building

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Professor Samuel Wasser is acknowledged worldwide as a pioneer in monitoring of human impacts on wildlife communities over large spatial scales, using highly accessible noninvasive tools to measure DNA, hormones and toxins in wildlife feces, often located by detection dogs with very low collection bias. He has applied these tools to a wide variety of problems from pregnancy loss in killer whales to tracking the illegal ivory trade in African elephants.

Professor Wasser is currently a Visiting professor on sabbatical from the University of Washington, where he holds the endowed chair in Conservation Biology. He has participated in a number of conservation programs around the world, in collaboration with state, federal, and international organizations. He was coordinator of the Smithsonian Institution’s Wildlife Conservation and Management Training Program for African Nationals. He also co-edited the book Biogeography and Ecology of the Rain Forests of Eastern Africa, describing one of the most biodiverse “hot-spots” in the world. His work is internationally respected by scientists, environmental activists, and government and non-government wildlife managers. This places Dr. Wasser in a unique position to negotiate the kinds of conservation solutions needed in our rapidly changing world.

UCCRI Leadership Talks for Early Career Researchers

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